Singing The Same Song: 1962 Article Demands Stricter Copyright To Stop Jukebox Loophole

from the sound-familiar? dept

With the news of the latest push by the RIAA to close the "radio loophole" to squeeze more money out of their music, it's worth noting that this is really nothing new. The industry has been doing it for ages. Thanks to Tim Lee and Matthew Yglesias for pointing to an article from 1962 where (oh no!) the industry was claiming that copyright law needed to be strengthened to deal with greedy business owners who weren't paying their fair share every time their jukeboxes played a song. Apparently there was something of a "jukebox exception" in royalty rates, where jukebox owners only needed to pay for the records they bought, and not each time they were played. Luckily, the law was changed in 1976, allowing the recording industry to survive. Otherwise, it surely would have perished.

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    Dave, 25 May 2007 @ 7:45am

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    Maybe you can find several jukeboxes "all around" your town, but I can only think of one bar of the many I frequent in Atlanta that has a jukebox. Weren't these EVERYWHERE years ago? You would think that technology would make digital jukeboxes more affordable and more attractive with larger catalogs available, but they seem to be more of a novelty now, and more expensive to play than it's worth.

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